Throwback Thursday – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

 

 

 

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Today’s Throwback Thursday book is one that I just finished reading with my 4th graders.  This is definitely a classic.  It was first published in 1911.  We have been reading and listening to the audio book which is available for free.  My students truly enjoyed this beautiful story.  If you haven’t read this classic, then check it out.  The audio  is quite enjoyable.  Here’s the link:  http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/book/the-secret-garden-by-frances-hodgson-burnett

 

Have you read this classic?

What classic read do you recommend for Throwback Thursday?

 

 

 

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What secrets lie behind the doors at Misselthwaite Manor? Recently arrived at her uncle’s estate, orphaned Mary Lennox is spoiled, sickly, and certain she won’t enjoy living there. Then she discovers the arched doorway into an overgrown garden, shut up since the death of her aunt ten years earlier. Mary soon begins transforming it into a thing of beauty–unaware that she is changing too. But Misselthwaite hides another secret, as mary discovers one night. High in a dark room, away from the rest of the house, lies her young cousin, Colin, who believes he is an incurable invalid, destined to die young. His tantrums are so frightful, no one can reason with him. If only, Mary hopes, she can get Colin to love the secret garden as much as she does, its magic will work wonders on him.

 

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Newsworthy- Gallery Books to Publish Wattpad’s Popular Series AFTER by Anna Todd @imaginator1dx

Gallery Books to Publish Wattpad’s Popular Series AFTER

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NEW YORK, May 27, 2014—Gallery Books will publish the Wattpad phenomenon After as a New Adult series, in both e-book and print editions, it was announced today by Jennifer Bergstrom, Publisher of Gallery Books.   Originally serialized on Wattpad, the world’s largest community of readers and writers, the first book in the After series is scheduled to publish in Fall 2014; the second and third books will be published in early 2015.

 

After, written by Anna Todd, is one of the most talked about stories on the internet and has become an online phenomenon with more than 800 million reads of the three-part Wattpad series.   Written serially with daily updates to meet reader demand, After became Wattpad’s most shared story of 2013.   In addition to the massive popularity of After on Wattpad, the story regularly trends on other social networks, including Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.   The success also caught the attention of United Talent Agency, which is now handling the film and television representation of After.  The original fanfiction will remain on Wattpad.

 

“Anna used Wattpad’s mobile and social storytelling features to captivate millions of readers with After,” said Bergstrom.  “We are thrilled to be able to reach an even broader audience in book form.”

 

“Partnering with innovative publishers like Gallery Books gives Wattpad writers the ability to share their stories in new formats and attract additional readers around the world,” said Wattpad’s Head of Content, Publishing, Ashleigh Gardner.

 

Adam Wilson, Senior Editor at Gallery Books, negotiated the deal with Gardner, which includes world and audio rights.

 

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ABOUT GALLERY BOOKS

Gallery Books is an imprint dedicated to publishing a variety of must-read books on a wide array of topics.  Launched in February 2010, Gallery is designed to showcase established voices and to introduce emerging new ones—in both fiction and nonfiction genres.   Some of Gallery Books’ bestselling titles include Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible by Tim Gunn, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Love Anthony by Lisa Genova, Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill, and The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick.

 

ABOUT SIMON & SCHUSTER

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com

 

ABOUT WATTPAD

More than 25 million people have joined Wattpad, making it the world’s largest community of readers and writers.  People use Wattpad to connect with each other while they discover and share millions of free stories.  Wattpad stories are available in more than 50 languages and can be read or written from any phone, table, or computer.  The company is proudly based on Toronto, Canada.  Learn more at http://www.wattpad.com.

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Guest Review – Ella Reviews Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines @AbbiGlines

Ella Reviews Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines

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Fallen Too Far was Blaire’s story. Now it’s time for Rush to share his side.

Everyone in Rosemary Beach thinks they know how Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn fell in love. But Rush is back to tell his side of the story…

Rush has earned every bit of his bad-boy reputation. The three-story beach house, luxury car, and line of girls begging for time between his sheets are the envy of every guy in Rosemary Beach, and Rush handles it all with the laid-back cool of a rock star’s son. All he needs are his best friend, Grant, and his sister, Nan.

Until Blaire Wynn drives into town in her beat-up pickup truck with a pistol under her seat. The Alabama farm girl instantly captures Rush’s attention once he discovers that the angelic beauty is his new stepsister, but he vows to keep his distance. Even if she needs his help. Even if he craves her.

Because Rush knows why Blaire is all alone in the world, forced to ask for help from the father who abandoned her three years ago. And he knows if he gets too close it will destroy Nan, who has a secret connection to Blaire.

He has every reason in the world to stay away from her. Find out why he doesn’t.

 

Ella’s Review

 

Of the many series I’ve read, one of my favorites is Abbi Glines’ Rosemary Beach series, of which the first three books focus on the love story between Blaire and Rush.  The first book in the series, Fallen Too Far, was told entirely from Blaire’s POV, while the next two alternated between Rush and Blaire’s perspectives.

 

When I found out Fallen Too Far would soon have a companion novel, Rush Too Far, told entirely from Rush’s POV, I was beyond excited, but also hoped I wouldn’t be disappointed.  I hoped it wouldn’t just retell the story, but also offer insight into Rush’s thought process and help me understand what had been going on behind the scenes, when Blaire wasn’t present.

 

Well, I’m happy to report that I absolutely loved Rush Too Far!  Reading the story from Rush’s perspective explained so much of what he’d done when he and Blaire first met, including things that, initially, had made me wonder about his true intentions and the type of person he was.  The more I understood his family history, and particularly his relationship with his sister, Nan, the more I sympathized with him.  I watched as he struggled to reconcile the lies he’d been told, his entire life, with what, he was learning, was the truth about Blaire and her family.  Many of his actions, which had seemed cruel or insensitive when I’d read Fallen Too Far, suddenly made sense, and helped me see that Rush’s heart had always been in the right place, despite how things may have looked when originally told from Blaire’s POV.

 

This book actually made me love Rush even more, and helped me better appreciate his and Blaire’s story on the whole.  Naturally, I couldn’t help myself, and wound up rereading the entire Rosemary Beach series yet again!

I highly recommend this book, and give Rush Too Far a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

 

*Please note that the prologue in Rush Too Far makes reference to events from the second and third books, so I would recommend reading those prior to Rush Too Far.*

 

Be sure to check out the other books in this series.

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About the Author

Abbi Glines

Since publishing her first novel Breathe in May of 2011, Abbi has also released The New York Times bestselling Seabreeze Series which includes Breathe, Because of Low, While It Lasts, Just For Now and Sometimes It Last, The Existence Trilogy that includes the USA Today Bestseller Ceaseless. New York Times and USA TODAY bestsellers The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers. Last but not least her most popular series to date, Rosemary Beach which includes The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, Forever Too Far, Twisted Perfection and Simple Perfection. Her newest book scheduled to be released on December 17th, 2013 is Misbehaving (Seabreeze).

When Abbi isn’t locked away in her office typing away she is hauling her kids to and from their many social activities. You could say her second job is the Glines Kids personal chauffeur. It’s a rather illustrious job.

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Thank you Ella for your guest review!

Mwah…

~Susi